Opium Nation

Opium Nation

Child Brides, Drug Lords, and One Woman's Journey Through Afghanistan

Book - 2011
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Baker & Taylor
Returning to Afghanistan after nearly 20 years in the U.S., a veteran reporter discovers a nation altered by the toxic effects of a multi-billion-dollar opium business and recounts her remarkable encounters with poppy farms, corrupt officials, sympathetic ex-pats, drug lords, smugglers and addicts. Original. 25,000 first printing.

Afghan-American journalist Fariba Nawa delivers a revealing and deeply personal explorationof Afghanistan and the drug trade which rules the country, from corruptofficials to warlords and child brides and beyond. KhaledHosseini, author of The Kite Runner and AThousand Splendid Suns calls Opium Nation “an insightful andinformative look at the global challenge of Afghan drug trade. Fariba Nawa weaves her personalstory of reconnecting with her homeland after 9/11 with a very engagingnarrative that chronicles Afghanistan’s dangerous descent into opiumtrafficking…and most revealingly, how the drug trade has damaged the lives ofordinary Afghan people.” Readers of Gayle Lemmon Tzemach’sThe Dressmaker of Khair Khanaand Rory Stewart’s The Places Between will find Nawa’spersonal, piercing, journalistic tale to be an indispensable addition to thecultural criticism covering this dire global crisis.

Blackwell Publishing
When veteran reporter Fariba Nawa returned home to Afghanistan-the nation she had fled as a child with her family during the Soviet invasion nearly twenty years earlier-she discovered a fractured country transformed by a multi billion-dollar drug trade. In Opium Nation, Nawa deftly illuminates the changes that have overtaken Afghanistan after decades of unbroken war. Sharing remarkable stories of poppy farmers, corrupt officials, expats, drug lords, and addicts, inch ling her haunting encounter with a twelve-year-old child bride who was bartered to pay off her father's opium debts, Nawa offers a revealing and provocative narrative of a homecoming more difficult than she ever imagined as she courageously explores her own Afghan American identity and unveils a startling portrait of a land in turmoil.

& Taylor

Returning to Afghanistan after nearly twenty years in the U.S., a veteran reporter discovers a nation altered by the toxic effects of a multi-billion dollar opium business and recounts her encounters with poppy farms, corrupt public officials, sympathetic ex-pats, drug lords, smugglers, and addicts.

Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061934704
Branch Call Number: 958.104 NAW
Characteristics: viii, 358 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 21 cm


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Mar 27, 2015

Far too anecdotal - not enough solid facts. Author seems to depend on recollections as a 9 year old (hardly prone to accuracy) and the stories of a few people in each situation - drugs, brides, social situation. Not very well written - kind of a boring read which is very surprising considering the subject. I wish I had researched a better book on these topics.


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